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Subject: Rosalind Laker
Date Posted: 1/29/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Does anyone here enjoy the books of Rosalind Laker.  Her earleir books were wonderful in their depiction of various time periods and she always wove a nice romance into her books.  Latley she has spent more time with the romance and I am not reading anything new.

My all time favorites are Banners of Silk, To Dance With Kings and Circle of Pearls, and Venetian Mask.


Date Posted: 1/29/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I replied on the other thread before I noticed this one. :)

Does anyone here enjoy the books of Rosalind Laker.

I haven't tried her yet, although I have To Dance with Kings sitting on my shelf.

Have any of you ever tried LibraryThing for finding new authors based on the ones you like? I put To Dance with Kings in to the BookSuggester at that site and it provided this list:

# The Venetian Mask : a novel by Rosalind Laker # The Golden Tulip by Rosalind Laker # Circle of Pearls by Rosalind Laker # Orchids and Diamonds by Rosalind Laker # Sugar Pavilion, The by Rosalind Laker # Banners of Silk by Rosalind Laker # Tree of Gold by Rosalind Laker # The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick # Silver Touch by Rosalind Laker # Madame Du Barry by Jean Plaidy # Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II by Susan Holloway Scott # In the Shadow of Lady Jane by Edward Charles # Hidden by Victoria Lustbader # Will You Love Me in September by Philippa Carr # A Flame for the Fire by Nigel G. Tranter # The Great Gatsby ; Tender is the Night ; This Side of Paradise ; The Beautiful and the Damned ; The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald # Echoes of War by William Riviere # The Perfect Royal Mistress: A Novel by Diane Haeger # Goddess of the Green Room by Jean Plaidy

It's an interesting mix. If Laker is HF with an undercurrent of romance, then certainly, Susan Scott and Diane Haeger make sense - even Elizabeth Chadwick and Jean Plaidy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is a bit of stretch. LOL! But for a list generated by computer algorithms, and not human editors, it ain't bad.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 7:58 AM ET
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I read To Dance with Kings a few months ago and enjoyed it. I do think it was more historical romance that H/F, but Laker also did a great job depicting time and place. I liked the last third of the book the best when one of the characters was a maid to Marie Antoinette. The last third of the book was very exciting! I'd like to try her book Venetian Mask. Pamela, I'm glad you thought it was good because I have it on my wishlist. I'll get it one day.;-)

I like that her books are being re-released in new trade paperbacks with pretty covers! I love seeing these older authors being re-released. Now, I just wish someone would reprint Margaret Campbell Barnes books. I've even thought about writing letters to someone suggesting this, but I have no idea who to write. Maybe Crown? IDK

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:09 PM ET
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I just wish someone would reprint Margaret Campbell Barnes books. I've even thought about writing letters to someone suggesting this, but I have no idea who to write. Maybe Crown?

It's going to take some effort to track down the right person. I just did a little bit of digging. It looks like Barnes died in 1962. But there was a copyright renewal for at least one of her books in 1973. (See The Catalog of Copyright Renewal, which is available via Google Book Search.) So, 'twere it me, I'd try to track down one of her sons (She apparently had two.). They're the most likely suspects to inherit the intellectual property rights.

Whoever handled her estate should know who the current copyright owner is. If you can find an obituary that mentions where she died, you could check probate records for that county. The records may indicate who the current copyright holder is. But they should provide the name of the administrator of the estate as well as that person's address at the time the will was probated. Then it would be a matter of confirming they are still at the address.

If you're really lucky, the publisher of one of her books will provide her last known contact information. I'd try placing a phone call rather than writing because a letter is easily ignored.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I thought I read somewhere that Barnes' Brief Gaudy Hour was going to be republished. I don't remember where I saw that, though.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 7:25 PM ET
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I saw that too Felicia, about Brief Gaudy Hour-9781402211751-trade paperback-pub date March 08 according to IPage